A new Pew Research Center report shows that there are no major U.S. industries where immigrant workers outnumber American workers. The report uses Pew’s 2014 workforce estimates and the Census Bureau’s 2014 American Community Survey to look at all workers ages 16 and over in a civilian industry including both legal and illegal immigrants in 2014.
Private households was the top industry with the most immigrant workers, which totaled around 45% of all workers in that industry. Textile manufacturing was next with about 36% of the its workforce made up of immigrants and Agriculture was third with immigrants only making up about 33% of its workforce.
When looking at specific occupations the Pew report only found 5 occupations where foreign born workers outnumbered U.S. workers. The top occupation with most immigrant workers was miscellaneous personal appearance workers, such as manicurists and shampooers, which was made up of an estimated 63% of foreign born workers.
Both housekeeping and tailor occupations had an even 50% native born to foreign born workers. While immigrants only made up 47% of taxi drivers and chauffeurs.
These findings closely reflect a similar 2009 study done by the Center for Immigration Studies that contradicted the idea that immigrants fill jobs that Americans do not want to do.
View the full report here.
Updated: Tue, Apr 4th 2017 @ 11:40am EDT